Dr Bradley Armstrong leads and directs the Anti-Dumping Commission. He is an independent statutory office holder under the Customs Act 1901. He reports directly to the minister and is responsible for exercising the powers of commissioner under the Act.
Brad became the Anti-Dumping Commissioner on 19 February 2021, bringing extensive experience in the public service and the private sector. Most recently he was Deputy Comptroller-General and Head of Customs at the Australian Border Force (ABF).
After beginning his career as an apprentice carpenter, Brad moved to corporate management and commercial banking. He joined government in 1999 and has broad experience as a senior diplomat, trade negotiator, policy maker, regulator and analyst. In government, he has worked for Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Treasury, the Office of National Intelligence, Home Affairs, the ABF, and he had a three-month Australian Federal Police secondment as a temporary federal agent.
Brad’s time in government and the private sector has included 4 long-term overseas assignments to Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. From January 2015 to January 2018, he was posted to Australia’s largest embassy located in Jakarta, and was acting Deputy Ambassador over the last 8 months of his posting. Brad is a fluent Indonesian speaker and has interpreted for, inter alia, 2 Australian Prime Ministers.
Brad has an Anthropology PhD from the Australian National University, a Monash University Graduate Diploma in foreign affairs and trade, and a Social Sciences (First Class Honours) Degree with majors in economics and anthropology from Curtin University.
In 2003, he was awarded a Public Service Medal for his efforts following the 2002 Bali bombings.